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GRHA Newsletter  Week of May 16, 2014    [email protected]    478-552-3620

Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2014 GRHA Board of Directors


Dr. Ann Addison

Immediate Past President

Denise Kornegay

President Elect

Shelly Spires

Vice- President

Dr. Mary Mathis


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland 

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Charles Owens

Chuck Adams

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Sam Johnson

Sherrie Williams

John Butts

Matt Caseman 


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September 5 - 7, 2014
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals in association with The Georgia Board for Physician Workforce & The Georgia Rural Health Association is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Medical Fair September 5th - 7th at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. 

Complimentary registrations are available for practicing physicians, residents in GME program and medical students. 

When: September 5-7, 2014
Where: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
             6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW

             Atlanta, GA 30339 


Click here to register


Ga. turns failing hospitals into stand-alone ERs to keep EMS

Legislators backed the rule change in an attempt to maintain services in rural communities that, without a hospital, may otherwise be left with no emergency care

By Ray Henry

The Associated Press 

May 19, 2014


MONTEZUMA, Ga. - As rural hospitals struggle, Georgia is letting stand-alone emergency rooms treat people in the countryside who would otherwise have to drive far away when they break an arm, need stitches or have a baby.


The state agency that licenses medical facilities changed its rules this year to allow a rural hospital that's failing or has already closed in the last year to scale back its operations and reopen as a freestanding emergency room. Before, emergency departments were only allowed at full-service hospitals that fulfilled criteria including having inpatient beds and other expensive requirements.


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U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., introduced the Craig Thomas Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act, R-HoPE. The comprehensive rural health care legislation would address a number of workforce, payment and regulatory policies in an effort to facilitate the delivery of primary, acute and emergency care across rural America. NRHA commends the senators for their efforts and encourages the Senate to act on this legislation quickly. 

Why rural dentistry is important to me

by Kaylee Wonder | 


I grew up in a small rural village in Thailand with less than 500 people. The village was located approximately 2-3 hours from the city. Growing up, I was under the impression that dentists only pull and straighten teeth. I had no idea that they do more than just extractions and orthodontic treatments. For 13 years, I had only seen a dentist once for an extraction. The only reason I even visited the dentist was because my parents and brother had a difficult time pulling one of my teeth. There were many methods of pulling teeth in my childhood. Whether it was tying my tooth to a door knob or pretending to fall out of a swing, I tried them all. Sometimes these methods worked and sometimes they didn't.


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National Rural Health Association

Rural Quality and Clinical Conference 

July 16-18 in Atlanta

 Doubletree Atlanta - Buckhead

3342 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA  30326 


Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

3rd Annual Medical Fair 

Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

Date: 09/05/2014- 09/07/2014 


2015 GRHA Annual Conference

January 12-14
Desoto Hilton
Savannah, Georgia 


Matt Caseman